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Met`ro*pol"i*tan (?; 277), a. [L. metropolitanus: cf. F. métropolitain.] 1. Of or pertaining to the capital or principal city of a country; as, metropolitan luxury.
2. (Eccl.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, a metropolitan or the presiding bishop of a country or province, his office, or his dignity; as, metropolitan authority. “Bishops metropolitan.” Sir T. More.
Met`ro*pol"i*tan, n. [LL. metropolitanus.] 1. The superior or presiding bishop of a country or province.
2. (Lat. Church.) An archbishop.
3. (Gr. Church) A bishop whose see is a civil metropolis. His rank is intermediate between that of an archbishop and a patriarch; as, the metropolitan of Constantinople. Hook.